Roman Catholic Bishops of England & Wales
Our bodies are not our own
HIV and Condoms
In an effort to help prevent the spread of HIV some organisations, even Catholic ones, promote the use of condoms. However, there is plenty of evidence to show that condoms are far too risky to place them between a healthy body and a deadly disease. Even the British Blood Transfusion Service does not trust condoms to keep people safe. In their leaflet 'Keep Blood Transfusion Safe' they state 'You must not give blood for at least 12 months after sex, even if you use a condom or other protective, with someone who is or you think may be HIV positive - or if a partner who has or you think may have been sexually active in parts of the world where HIV/AIDS is very common. This includes most countries in Africa'. A copy of this leaflet is included in the appendix of this publication.
Also included with this publication is a copy of our leaflet - Could condoms leak HIV? which is also downloadable in PDF format from our web site.